From Muse to Reality

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Essential Education

President Barack Obama is correct in stating that we become advocates for educating our children in computer science. CSE is essential if they are to participate–no, survive–in the future economy of our country. Congress must be made to understand the importance of funding every level of education in the use of computers. Also, it would be to technology’s advantage to get behind the push to arm these young people with the wherewithal to step into the future. Technology is the future and growing more complex every year.

Please, drop a line to your senators and representatives in Congress and start a movement on behalf of the future generation. Take advantage of this election period: candidates are asking for your money and your vote; ask them for their support of our children’s education.

If anyone had told me that I would be fairly computer literate at the age of 79 I would have laughed in their face. Computer knowledge is important to keep up with my Medicare account. Answers to questions that arise each year about my benefits are posted online. I also have an internet portal with my medical group that offers tips and medical breakthrough notices. Checking my health data weekly keeps me on my toes.

Minnie E. Miller, Writer


Creative Fire

C. G. Jung wrote in “The Poet”:

The artist is not a person endowed with free will who seeks his own ends, but one who allows art to realize its purpose through him. As a human being he may have moods and a will and personal aims, but as an artist he is “man” in a higher sense–he is “collective man”–one who carries and shapes the unconscious, psychic life of mankind…There are hardly any exceptions to the rule that a person must pay dearly for the divine gift of the creative fire.

Minnie Estelle Miller


Shifting Winds

It takes a courageous hand to steer this ship in choppy waters.

Life is but a grain of sand on the infinity of all the shores on the universe. But that is so romantic and so hard to remember in the day-to-day grind. With each new dawn comes another chance to make life work a little better. And with each new acquaintance comes a new experience of joy and sorrow to replace those we may lose along the way.

Life goes up, down, in circles, in cycles, crisscross, but rarely in a straight path. Thus it makes it difficult to understand.

Minnie Estelle Miller

Still a writer.

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The Media and other Pop-offs

The Media and other “Pop-Offs,” as President Obama calls some individuals who frame their articles and sound bits with metaphors.

The bombing of Paris has added to uninformed comments about the Syrian Refugees on the march to freedom and safety. Neither of the opinionated can declare war. The opinions expressed in the last seven or eight days lets me know that I would not what to see them as President of the United States.

President Obama has maintained a cool head today while fear and anger pervades some Americans and others. I would not want to see our young men and women sent to God knows where to fight alone. There are many allies surrounding Syria and Iraq who should get off the sidelines and join in the battle to defeat ISIS. Make no mistake, ISIS can and will be defeated.

“On the Media,” a PBS talk show, has criticized writers and editors of framing unvetted news stories on the Paris attacks. You might want to check them out. I was looking for a rebuttal on these reports when I heard the show Sunday morning. Go to and listen for yourself.

My memory was taken back to Negro history and the uproar caused when President Abraham Lincoln suggested freeing slaves, and arming them with guns in the fight against the Confederate Army, years 1863-’64. It is my hope that if and when these 10,000 (first number discussed) Syrian Refugees are settled in our country that they receive more respect and assistance resettling than our Negro solders at the end of the Civil War. Many left the military with nowhere to sleep and eat. Many returned to their old plantations and resumed their role as free laborers. Some hid in the woods, and survived on little food smuggled in by other trusted Slaves, and dodged slave-hunters hired by Slavemasters. And those caught and resisted were hung.

Nevertheless, there is doubt that any of the above will happen to the Syrian Refugees allowed to enter the United States of America.


Minnie E Miller

African American Writer

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Violence Metastasized

October 7, 2015

The Realty of Our Violence

By Hermene D. Hartman


“Fear approaches. The violence has metastasized and the terror is expanding. ”

When I first heard the word Metastasized I understood it had something to do with breast cancer, knew it was bad. Today, reading N’Digo’s Magapaper for the Urbane, my fear has increased. Guns and shootings have become too invasive in America. My neighborhood is infested with guns. We are losing this generation to killers.

Many on the news say they are not going to let fear rule their lives. I have poor eyesight and will not carry a gun, and I’m too old to run.

Where are our gods?

Minnie E. Miller


Pope Francis

If I may be so bold, I was captured by these word more than the many spoken by Pope Francis:

“A selfish and boundless thirst for power and material prosperity leads both to the misuse of available natural resources and to the exclusion of the weak and disadvantaged.”

I have no doubt that Pope Francis challenged President Obama and House Speaker John Boehner in their private meetings in Washington,  D.C.

The people of America have spoken with their presence on all fronts. I am not of the Catholic faith, but I heard him.

September 2015.

Minnie E Miller

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It’s Real Out Here in These Streets: CHI RAQ

The Chicago Defender

Spike Lee planked by parents of murdered children in Chicago Spike Lee planked by parents of murdered children in Chicago

It’s Real Out Here in These Streets: CHI RAQ

By Mary L. Datcher

CD Senior Staff Writer

The very word Chiraq conjures up negative feelings by many who think it can do no good.   Together Spike Lee and Father Pfleger called a press conference to discuss the concerns of critic’s preconceived notions of the film’s name, Chi Raq. Will this film depict negative images of exploitation that some Chicago public officials are concerned will affect outside perception. The film has come under scrutiny by Alderman Will Burns (4th Ward) in blocking $3 million in tax breaks putting pressure on the Lee’s production efforts.

Although, the press conference included about 25 parents of murdered children who have fallen to the violence of crime that plagues our streets and neighborhoods, the name is still unnerving for some leaders. Father Pfleger has…

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